I often get so involved in the production aspects of the wargaming hobby that I forget to post on this blog. I can’t believe it’s been a month since I got Inverlochy posted. The last month I’ve spent working on a bunch of things simultaneously but decided I needed to take a few days now to regroup and document the work with several posts (before I forget the details).
I hit a milestone early in month by completing the figures for ALL the armies I need to continue toward my initial goal of playing through all the Celtic Fringe battles from 1638 – 1658. To save time I found about 300 figures (virtually all Pendraken) already in redcoats and bought them to form the foot regiments of the New Model Army (pictured in the header above).
They needed to be taken off their bases, organized into my standard regimental groupings and then have their turnbacks painted in regimental colors (along with a general touching up). They were then based on my standard 1″x 1″ wooden bases. While doing this I decided to also substantially reduce the number of flags and command bases for all the armies.
The end result is the now completed armies:
Altogether there are 524 combat pieces and nearly 100 command pieces which altogether equal more than 17 yards!
The New Model is shown with Commonwealth flags to set it apart from the rest (although anachronistic for much of what I will use them for). They will see action in Cromwell’s campaigns in Ireland and Scotland.
The Anglo/Irish is an all purpose Army that can play the part of the Lagan Army in western Ulster, any of several English garrisons (Royal, Parlimentarian, or Commonwealth) and any Protestant force anywhere in Ireland. If required it also can serve as part of the Royalist army in any of the civil wars.
The Irish Confederation had armies in Ulster, Leinster and Munster, all of which are represented here.
Highland forces fought on every side of the civil wars and in the various uprisings and rebellions that followed. The fencibles generally made up part of the Covenanter Army.
Since the combat pieces that are used for Montrose’s Army are drawn from the Highland and Confederation forces, only unique command pieces are required.
The Royalist army is needed mainly for the Bishops Wars and will normally be drawn from the Anglo/Irish Army. This core group has combat units in standard coats (red, blue, white, etc) and can make up units such as the King’s Foot Guard, Prince Rupert’s Foot, etc., should the need arise. This group also includes a number of generic field command pieces.
The Covenanter army is the largest in the collection and is used to represent any of the Scottish field armies both in Scotland and abroad. They are the only army represented that has their own attached artillery, the four frame guns (shown with the multicolored bases in the foreground).
This group includes the baggage train, light field guns and one heavy siege gun. As required, they can be attached to any army. There are several non-combatant civilian pieces (used as objectives or obstacles) and several combat pieces to represent ad hoc militia units.
Although designated by nationality, the horse combat pieces can generally be used with any army:
The Irish Horse has lighter horses and is generally used to represent the faster, more lightly armed cavalry deployed throughout the British Isles. It is often used to represent levy or milita forces and the retinue of minor nobility (particularly in Ireland).
The Scottish cavalry is portrayed with lighter mounts but may consist of more heavily armed troopers (much in the look of border horse) or more lightly armed lancers. Although the English had dispensed with lances they were still in use by both the Scots and Irish and were often the principle mounted arm of the Covenanter Army.
The English Horse uses heavy mounts and the troopers are heavily armed (sword, pistols, carbine) and armored (back, breast, and the ubiquitous lobster-tailed, three bar helmet). This type is found in all armies during the period of the civil wars.
I still plan to add a few specialty troops (engineers, dragoons, etc) but I should now be able to produce any Order of Battle for the twenty year period mentioned above.
The next major undertaking will be to begin on the forces of the second half of the 17th century in Great Britian.